Thursday, February 11, 2010


WEBINAR: CFIDS Association Research Program Update

In 2008, the Association greatly expanded its research program and launched several
new initiatives. Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD, scientific director of the CFIDS Association
of America, will describe the Association's approach to expanding research and the
six projects it funds directly. We hope you'll join us to learn more about exciting
research projects and the network that links these projects and ideas together.

Speaker: Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD, Scientific Director
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010
Time: 2:00-3:30 (Eastern Standard Time)

Dr. Vernon will share the Association's approach to funding research and why linking
independent investigators through a network will accelerate progress. She'll describe
how the six projects being supported address different aspects of CFS and hold promise
for improved diagnostics and treatment. Here is a preview of studies she will describe:

Dr. Sanjay Shukla at the Marshfield Research Foundation is studying the human microbiome,
testing samples taken from CFS patients before and after an exercise challenge to
see if post-exertional symptoms might be due to agents crossing from the gut into
the bloodstream.

Research being led by Kathy Light, PhD at University of Utah has identified differences in blood markers after modest exercise in sedentary controls, CFS patients and MS patients.

Dr. Marvin Medow and his team at New York Medical College use a tilt test and other
tests of autonomic function to evaluate blood flow problems that have been reported
in CFS patients. His team collaborates with Dr. Dikoma Shungu, who uses a brain
imaging technique to look for abnormal levels of certain brain chemicals.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about these important studies,
and how the Association's network of investigators is contributing valuable information
to making CFS widely understood, diagnosable, curable and preventable.

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Our Mission:
For CFS to be widely understood, diagnosable, curable and preventable.

Our Strategy:
To stimulate research aimed at the early detection, objective diagnosis and effective
treatment of CFS through expanded public, private and commercial investment.

Our Core Values:
To lead with integrity, innovation and purpose.  

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